ANIMAL TECHNICIAN 1

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
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Posted on May 19, 2020
Req #: 179206
Department: THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL PRIMATE CENTER
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/19/2020 
Closing Info: Closes On   06/02/2020
Salary: $2,898 - $3,103 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for an Animal Technician 1

The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology.  In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:
• Commitment to Research
• Teamwork
• Accountability – Productivity
• Communication

This position is an entry level class of the Animal Technician series. Under the direct supervision of the Animal Technician Supervisor the Animal Technician I will perform routine animal husbandry, facility sanitation, custodial duties and maintenance of tools, machinery and equipment.  This position will perform these responsibilities according to established husbandry standard operating procedures and training received.  This position will uphold husbandry requirements for animal health, psychological well-being of nonhuman primates; maintenance of hazardous containment and safety programs; and research protocols, consistent with the existing federal, state, local and university regulations.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

Animal Husbandry
Duties include but are not limited to:
• Feed and water animals in accordance with prescribed diets and instructions.
• Ensure adequate food and water is available at any given time.
• Empty bedding pans and cages/enclosures of bedding and feces utilizing scrapers, brushes, water hoses, dust pans, brooms, and other cleaning tools and equipment.
• Clean (remove organic material) and sanitize cages/enclosures and runs, bedding pans, tools, and equipment and surrounding premises including walls, floors and windows utilizing soaps, detergents, disinfectants and other cleaning chemicals, cage washers, autoclaves, power sprayers, hoses and other cleaning equipment.
• Weigh and transfer animals from soiled to clean enclosures or caging making sure to maintain individual animal identity and observe precautions to avoid cross-contamination; prepare animal quarters in accordance with specified procedures.
• Observe animals and recognize and report early manifestations of disease.
• Perform husbandry associated with the set-up of animal social groups in cages and compound settings for breeding and socialization making sure of adherence to the Center’s nonhuman primate psychological well-being program and as directed by the veterinary staff. 

Maintenance and Sanitation of Animal Facility, Cages, Tools, and Equipment 
• Maintain buildings, vehicles, animal facilities, housing rooms, animal caging, compounds and enclosures in accordance with departmental policy and procedure. 
• Perform cleaning and sanitation of the animal facilities and equipment such as cage washing areas, hallways and procedure rooms, kitchen including utensils and  storage areas.
• Ensure that the food given to the animals is within appropriate shelf life and is not contaminated or compromised. 

Animal Monitoring and Record Keeping
• Record and document observations and submit reports regularly including but not limited to records related to weights, feeding, care and animal identification. 
• Recognize and report common signs of clinical illness, variations in eating habits, abnormal stool and urine deposits, unusual behavior, other changes and  abnormalities and death.
• Ensure that temperature, water pressure, humidity and lighting remain within acceptable ranges, report deviations and abnormalities. 

Other Assignments
• Obtain; maintain education and skills of laboratory animal husbandry that pertain to the use of research animals and safety measures in handling nonhuman primates, chemicals and biohazards.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:    
Physical ability to do required work; ability to read and write.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:    
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Communicate effectively (speaks, reads and writes in English). 
• Ability to work well independently and in teams. 
• Detail oriented in record keeping. 
• Ability to follow directions. 

DESIRED:
• Knowledge of USDA regulations, NIH guidelines, PHS policy and IACUC function.
• Basic knowledge and understanding of sanitation techniques, including steam and chemical sterilization, and appropriate use of disinfectants and detergents.
• Basic knowledge and understanding of nonhuman primate health and behavior.
• AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification.

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Conditions of Employment:
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic.  The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment.  These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.  

This position may be required to work with and take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents.  Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures, and staying current on all required training.  Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory.  This position involves handling nonhuman primates and human pathogenic organisms.  The ability to work in an Animal Biosafety Level-3 containment facility may be required.   

Punctuality, Regular and Predictable attendance is an essential job function of this position. 

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.